Troubling information out of Sweden shows elderly COVID-19 patients were denied care thanks to confusing guidelines from government health officials.
A recent article at BioEdge highlights the fact that half of Sweden’s COVID deaths were in nursing homes:
The health authorities have received many complaints about how elderly relatives were treated. A consistent theme is that nursing home residents with suspected Covid-19 were immediately placed on palliative care and given morphine and denied supplementary oxygen and intravenous fluids and nutrition. For many this was effectively a death sentence.
“People suffocated, it was horrible to watch. One patient asked me what I was giving him when I gave him the morphine injection, and I lied to him,” said Latifa Löfvenberg, a nurse. “Many died before their time. It was very, very difficult.”
The problem seems to be that health officials in Sweden gave doctors guidelines effectively encouraging them to ration care to prevent the healthcare system from being overwhelmed.
That led to elderly patients being placed on palliative care instead of being given treatment for COVID-19.
The article notes that giving morphine to a patient who has a respiratory illness — like COVID-19 — and then denying the patient additional oxygen effectively will kill the patient.
This story underscores why it is essential that our leaders and healthcare professionals value the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death.
Time and again we have heard stories about patients in Europe being denied care or actively euthanized thanks to bad government policies.
Similar stories have come out of states where assisted-suicide is legal here in America.
Being pro-life means believing human life is sacred from conception until natural death.
Just like abortion, euthanasia and assisted-suicide are murder, and they violate the sanctity of human life.